verb (used with object), tarred, tar·ring.
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Idioms for tar
- to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment or humiliation.
- to punish severely: She should be tarred and feathered for what she has done.
Origin of tar1
OTHER WORDS FROM tarnon·tarred, adjectiveun·tarred, adjective
Definition for tar (2 of 2)
Origin of tar2
synonym study for tar
Example sentences from the Web for tar
Overall, about 28 percent of the particles here were tar balls.Surprising long-haul dust and tar are melting high glaciers|Sid Perkins|November 17, 2020|Science News For Students
Dean Obeidallah on how that separates scandal-tarred Democrats.Anthony Weiner and Other Democrats in Sex Scandals Don’t Mention God|Dean Obeidallah|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Silkwood was tarred as a discontented employee who contaminated herself to embarrass the company she worked for.Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing Saga Mirrors the Karen Silkwood Case|Richard Rashke|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Is it worth reclaiming a label that has been so tarred by association with right-wing nationalism?
And when you work in the White House, stuff happens, like a Gulf oil spill that, fairly or unfairly, tarred his presidency.
Tea Partiers from Rand Paul to Sharron Angle have been tarred as wingnuts, kooks.
The tarred ropes quickly caught fire, and the ship was in flames.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various
This consists of a tarred rope, or a flexible whip-stalk, three-fourths of an inch in diameter, with a swab or bulbous end.Domestic Animals|Richard L. Allen
If he refused he was tarred and feathered, or set to ride upon a rail, and his house was defiled with filth.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
The tarred canvas formed an effectual barrier between the interior of the hold and the waves without.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
It was built partly of logs and partly of driftwood and tarred canvas.Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for tar (1 of 2)
verb tars, tarring or tarred (tr)
Derived forms of tartarry, adjectivetarriness, noun
Word Origin for tar
British Dictionary definitions for tar (2 of 2)
Word Origin for tar
Scientific definitions for tar
Idioms and Phrases with tar
In addition to the idiom beginning with tar
- tar and feather
- beat the living daylights (tar) out of